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20 Videos (2h 42m)
    • Introduction

      10:58
    • My Story, My Investments

      9:11
    • Introduction

      1:20
    • Your Skills

      8:01
    • Your Likes and Dislikes

      9:49
    • Using Role Models

      12:55
    • Analogous Skills

      5:10
    • Conclusion

      4:08
    • Introduction

      4:39
    • Which Industries are Growing and Which are Shrinking

      8:36
    • Who are the Key Thought Leaders on the Future

      10:34
    • The Importance of Understanding Your Peer Group

      11:23
    • Over and Undervalued Skills

      13:57
    • Introduction

      4:00
    • Doing a Cost Benefit Analysis of Each Skill Investment

      6:41
    • How to Think About and Measure Time Investments

      8:54
    • How to Think About and Measure Financial Investments

      11:57
    • How to Factor in Other Types of Resources and Constraints

      4:07
    • Dependencies, Constraints and Spaced Repetitions

      6:15
    • Conclusion

      9:29

About This Class

Skill investing isn't something you hear a lot about.

There are a lot of books out there that show you how to invest your money.

Even books on how to manage your time.

But none that go in depth on how to invest your combination of time, money and energy into learning information and building skills.

This course is about strategic thinking.

What strategy are you using to invest in your skills?

Is it a smart strategy?

Is it a strategy you decided on? Or someone else decided for you?

Is it just "going with the flow?"

People spend lots of time and money figuring out how to invest for their future in the financial arena.

But they spend almost no time deciding how to invest in skills.

So try this thought experiment.

How much time do you spend each week building skills and learning in some way? Meaning time off the job when you aren't working in the traditional sense?

3 hours?

5 hours?

10 hours?

Multiply that number by 50.

That's about how much time you are spending in a year?

5 hours a week? 50 weeks a year?

That's 250 hours.

That's whatever you make per hour times $250.

$20/hour?

$40/hour?

$60/hour?

Let's say $40 an hour.

That means you are investing $10,000 a year of your time into learning. 

And that doesn't even count what you are spending on books, courses, periodicals, subscriptions, etc.

Let's tack on another thousand or two for that.

Or don't even count it, it doesn't really matter.

What matters is that you are investing 5 figures in your education, your skills, every single year.

And you probably aren't spending any significant money or attention or time on learning HOW to do it. 

This course teaches you how.

It teaches you how to think very strategically about 3 things.

First, where you are. Who are you? What are your current skills? What are your aptitudes? Personality? Interests? Likes and dislikes? 

All that is important.

Second, where is the world? Where is the demand? Where is the competition? Where is the excitement? Where are there untapped opportunities? Where is the future headed? Who is going to be left behind?

That's critical, skills aren't valuable unless they can be used to create something of value, almost always that means for other people, and for a business of some kind.

Third, how do you integrate the two? How do you measure the value? How do you allocate your resources? Your time, money, energy, etc? 

You will go through these 3 stages in the course. By the end, you will have a much more strategic perspective on how you should be investing in your skills for the future.

You have easily 4, probably 5 figures riding on your investments every single year. 

Is it time to get more strategic about how you are investing in your skills?

If so, I'll see you inside the course.

-Timothy

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Timothy Kenny

Author of "Accelerated Learning for Entrepreneurs"

I am the author of "Accelerated Learning for Entrepreneurs" and I have spoken at Harvard University on accelerated learning. 

My interest in the Google suite of cloud applications comes from the amazing ability to work together with other people in realtime and edit the same document together. I started using Google Docs years ago to collaborate on design and business projects and discovered that there were many uses for the Google Drawing app. I later realized that all the same functions were available in Google slides. In effect, each "slide" was like a page in a book, or a separate Google Drawing canvas...but all in the same single Google Slide document.

I constantly had problems with collaborators who were not technically inclined and couldn't understand or use (or even afford to buy) adobe programs, so I ended up making numerous micro-adjustments and sending version after version, which was a tedious process.

One day I was trying my hand at a flat design poster after seeing one that I liked on the city and started to think...I bet I could create this exact design in a Google Drawing. I sat down for half an hour and I did it! 

My mind was racing with all the possibilities.

Many years ago I worked my way up from Newspaper Layout editor to Editor in Chief, and spent many late nights in Adobe Indesign. Once I had proven to myself what was possible, I decided to try a simple newsletter design I would have otherwise used InDesign for, but in Google Slides.

Again, it worked beautifully!

I've been tweaking my methods, learning all the ins and outs of Google Slides over the past year to see how much functionality from Photoshop I could "port over" to Google Slides.

It turns out you can do quite a bit. 

I have been using Photoshop for over 10 years and this recent project with Google Slides has been a great constraint to simplify my designs and do more with less. 

Flat design is where everything is moving, and it's easier than ever to bang out quick designs, work with non-designers and get things done fast by using Google Slides for basic to intermediate designs that you would otherwise need Photoshop or InDesign to do properly.

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